US – RSF joins letter denouncing attempt to deport Mexican journalist

first_img News Reports June 3, 2021 Find out more The National Press Club, its Journalism Institute and other advocates for press freedom and immigration justice urge U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to suspend efforts to deport Emilio Gutierrez, a winner of the club’s Press Freedom Award.Late on Friday, an immigration judge in El Paso, Texas, refused to stay the deportation of Gutierrez from the United States — where and his son fled after his investigative reporting led to threats against himself and his family. Gutierrez requested asylum in the United States; it took eight years for him to get a hearing, which took place last year.“Gutierrez fled his country because his reporting jeopardized him and his family and then faced years of bureaucratic indifference before now being threatened with removal,” said NPC President Jeff Ballou. “He deserves better from a country that has enshrined protections for the press in the First Amendment of its Constitution.”Gutierrez has been in the midst of an appeal process over his asylum case. On Thursday Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials summoned him for a meeting. They told his lawyer they wanted to deport him that day. This meeting took place exactly six weeks after he appeared at the National Press Club to accept a Freedom of the Press award, one of the club’s highest honors, on behalf of his country’s beleaguered press corps.At the NPC’s request, Gutierrez represented all of his Mexican colleagues, as an exemplar of their tenacity and courage as reporters are killed, kidnapped and forced into hiding in retaliation for their reporting on drug cartels and government corruption.He and his Mexican associates “find ourselves immersed in a great darkness,” Gutierrez said through a translator.“Our hope is that U.S. officials will provide a beacon in that darkness, in keeping with the country’s long tradition of advancing press freedom, by granting Gutierrez the asylum he has requested in the United States,” said Barbara Cochran, president of the board for the non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute. “Sending him back to a country that is the most dangerous in the western hemisphere for journalists could amount to a death sentence.”The National Press Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the undersigned organizations appeal to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to reconsider this deportation order. We also ask the Trump administration and all members of Congress to let the Department know that this case not only puts an individual reporter in danger, but also could have a chilling effect on truth-telling everywhere.Jeff Ballou, presidentThe National Press ClubBarbara Cochran, board presidentNPC Journalism InstituteSandy Johnson, president and COONational Press FoundationMargaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications DirectorReporters Without Borders, North AmericaDan Shelley, executive directorRadio Television Digital News AssociationBruce Brown, executive directorReporters Committee for Freedom of the PressSuzanne Nossel, executive directorPEN AmericaJoshua Hatch, presidentOnline News AssociationJohn Donnelly, presidentMilitary Reporters and EditorsSarah Glover, presidentNational Association of Black JournalistsYvonne Leow, national presidentAsian American Journalists AssociationMelissa Lytle, presidentNational Press Photographers AssociationMark Hamrick, presidentSociety of American Business Editors and WritersAlberto B. Mendoza, executive directorNational Association of Hispanic JournalistsBeau Willimon, presidentWriters Guild of America East November 18, 2017 US – RSF joins letter denouncing attempt to deport Mexican journalist Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesMexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled media WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joined multiple press freedom groups in the following letter today denouncing attempts to deport Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez Soto from the United States. center_img News Organisation Follow the news on Americas to go further Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies United StatesMexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled media News SAUL LOEB / AFP May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Investigative journalist injured in shooting

first_img KosovoEurope – Central Asia KosovoEurope – Central Asia June 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called for a thorough probe into a shooting on 23 September in central Kosovo in which Fatmire Terdeci, an investigative journalist with the Albanian-language daily Koha Ditore, was injured.”We expect the Serbian and Kosovar authorities and the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) to do everything possible to identify and punish those responsible for this attack,” the organisation said.Reporters Without Borders said it was essential to know if the shooting was linked to Terdeci’s work as journalist. “If it is, it will pose a threat to all journalists in Kosovo who are investigating sensitive issues such as corruption and organised crime.” Terdeci, aged 30 and seven months pregnant, was travelling with several other people in a vehicle belonging to the humanitarian NGO Caritas near the central town of Glogova when they came under fire from unidentified gunmen in another vehicle and one of the shots hit her in the shoulder.She was hospitalised in Pristina where doctors said her injuries were not critical, either for herself or the child.Terdeci is known for her reports about corruption and organised crime. She told Reporters Without Borders she did not know why they were fired on, but she ruled out the possibility that Caritas was targeted because the NGO is very popular in the region.”On the other hand, I don’t rule out the possibility that it was linked to the coming elections (legislative elections on 23 October), or that it just a mistake. But deep down, I cannot help thinking that it may have been because of my articles,” Terdeci added, acknowledging that she has received threats in the past.Koha Ditore editor Agron Bajrami told Reporters Without Borders he did not know whether the shooting was linked to Terdeci’s investigations. “Fatmire Terdeci is an investigative journalists who is well known for her articles on very sensitive subjects. She has tackled so many sensitive subjects that it is hard to pinpoint one in particular that might have been the reason for this attack.” RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Kosovo Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia News to go furthercenter_img Organisation News News News September 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist injured in shooting Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina Help by sharing this information June 14, 2018 Find out more August 18, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more